Easy Virtue - Digitally Remastered A divorcée hides her scandalous past from her new husband and his family. Easy Virtue is a 1928 British silent romance film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Isabel Jeans, Franklin Dyall and Ian Hunter. The story is loosely based on the 1924 play Easy Virtue by Noël Coward. The film opens with Larita Filton (Jeans) posing for her portrait in an artist's studio. The behavior of her boorish, philandering husband, Aubrey Filton (Dyall), drives her into the artist's arms where her husband discovers her. In the melee that follows the artist shoots the husband, wounding but not killing him. Aubrey sues for divorce and Larita falls from grace in the courtroom while journalists feed the public a salaciously inflated account. Ruined, Larita flees to the south of France and meets John Whittaker, a young, upstanding British man. They fall in love, marry, and the happy couple returns to England to his mummy. But Mother Whittaker, a Victorian in the modern age, strenuously opposes the union and upbraids John for bringing scandal upon the family name. Will John and his new wife have the strength to stand Mother Whittaker's onslaught?